Back To School Healthy Kids Lunch #3: Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

back to school healthy lunch #3

There’s nothing better than a really good PB&J!  Even for big kids!  Especially when you make it with fresh whole grain bread, all natural peanut butter and organic jelly!  The reason I say organic jelly is because most of the fruits jellies are made from are on the Dirty Dozen list (the list of fruits and vegetables most heavily laden with pesticides).  Yep, grape, blueberry, strawberry and peach are the most popular jelly flavors and all these fruits are on the dirty dozen list.  Remember that pesticides pose unique health risks to children.  (Chapter 1 BodyInstinct)  I choose Jiff OR Skippy peanut butter BUT only the All Natural versions of these peanut butters to avoid trans fats.  I use the round sandwich maker you see on the left to make sandwich rounds which are very appealing to kids and also seal in the peanut butter and jelly for freshness and less mess.  Kids love it.  During certain holidays I will use festive cookie cutters to cut out shapes in their PB&J’s as well.  (e.g. hearts for valentines, bats for halloween,  stockings for christmas, etc).  Super easy super quick and they just think it’s great!  (Even my 11 year old still loved it last year in 5th grade.  Don’t know if it’s gonna fly this year in Middle school :) )  Along with the pb&j  of course this lunch contains (as every lunch should) at least one food choice from each of the 4 BodyInstinct Healthy Kids  food groups for a well balanced lunch:

1.  Energy source:  The whole grain bread on the sandwich as well as some from the Snapea Crisps

2.  Protein source:   Peanut butter

3.  Fruit or veggie source:  Watermelon scooped out with a melon scoop and served with a fancy toothpick for fun!  The Snapea Crisps contribute to this group as well as the first and foremost ingredient is peas.  Snapea Crisps are a great      healthy snack too!  If you haven’t tried them with your kids you should cuz most kids really like them!

4. Treat source:  ONE golden oreo cookie

And the one and only drink for lunch:  Water!

Here is a list of the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables  that are most heavily laden with pesticides.  The list changes slightly from time to time but pretty much remains the same.  To find out more  about how these fruits and veggies are tested, who tests them, why they always end up on the list and what your next best option is if you can’t find them organic, check out the end of chapter 1 in the BodyInstinct Book.  xoxoxoxo


  1. celery
  2. peaches
  3. strawberries
  4. apples
  5. blueberries
  6. nectarines
  7. bell peppers
  8. spinach
  9. kale
  10. cherries
  11. potatoes
  12. imported grapes

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